Florida and Wisconsin have become the latest states to sign memoranda of understanding with the US Department of Labor in an effort to combat misclassification of employees as independent contractors.
Under the agreements, the states and the US Department of Labor will share information and coordinate law enforcement.
Investigations by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division resulted in more than $83 million in back wages for more than 108,050 US workers in 2013, the latest year for which data are available.
“By partnering with the US Department of Labor, we are actively working to level the playing field for Florida’s businesses to stop the misclassification of workers. Businesses that misreport workers obtain an unfair advantage over other law-abiding businesses,” said Marshall Stranburg, executive director of Florida’s Department of Revenue.